the foul lump in my throat is one we feel before we know to examine. It signals a kind of melancholia that besets when dreams of wild freedom give way to a quiet reality of otherness. Under a West Texas sun, stephanie mei huang takes viewers on a journey of migration, immigration, and exclusion. We glimpse freedom, find humor, and yearn for a way to reset the landscape.
The cowboy rides free.
Where are the Chinese cowboys?
stephanie mei huang employs videos and sculptural installations that demonstrate how the freedom of cowboyhood relies upon exclusion—the kind that yields to alienation; and the foul lump in my throat also carries the hope that there may be remedies.
This project is supported by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and an Artists Run Chicago Fund Grant administered by the Hyde Park Art Center.